1960-1975: The Temptations' Early Days and Rise to Fame
Glenn Leonard is a renowned singer known for his association with the legendary Motown group, The Temptations. Leonard’s captivating tenor voice and smooth vocal style played a significant role in the success of The Temptations during his time with the group. In 1975, Glenn Leonard joined The Temptations as a replacement for Damon Harris, marking the first addition to the classic lineup that had already attained immense popularity. Before his stint with The Temptations, he’d been an integral part of another soul group called The Chancellors.
1975-1983: Glenn Leonard Joins The Temptations and Musical Evolution
Leonard then came to the attention of the Temptations in 1975. He had a notable career as their first tenor and lead singer from 1975-1983 encompassing ten albums with the supergroup. His most noted songs include I’m on Fire, Go for It, The Best of Both Worlds, Eyes, Ever Ready Love, and Silent Night from their Christmas Album.
Leonard was a part of The Temptations “Reunion” tour and album in 1982, featuring The Classic Five lineup (excluding Paul Williams who had committed suicide in 1973 by shooting himself). After parting ways with the group in 1983 and replaced by Ron Tyson, Leonard became a born-again Christian, entered into full-time ministry and was licensed in 1986. He became ordained and received a doctorate degree in the early 1990s.
During Leonard’s tenure, The Temptations released several highly successful albums, including “The Temptations Do the Temptations” (1976), “Bare Back” (1978), and “Power” (1980). Some of their notable chart-topping hits during this era include “Happy People,” “Shakey Ground,” and “Power.
1983-1992: Glenn Leonard's Solo Journey and The Temptations' Transition
In 1983, Glenn Leonard decided to pursue a solo career, parting ways with The Temptations. Despite leaving the group, he continued making music and performing as a solo artist, with notable albums like “Glenn Leonard” (1992), “The Leonard Brothers” (1998), and “On the Road to Success” (2016) to his credit.
The Temptations: A Timeline of Chart-Topping Hits and Musical Milestones
Glenn Leonard's Musical Legacy
Glenn was a part of The Temptations “Reunion” tour and album in 1982, featuring The Classic Five lineup (excluding Paul Williams who had committed suicide in 1973). After parting ways with the group in 1983 and being replaced by Ron Tyson, Glenn became a born-again Christian, entered into full-time ministry and was licensed in 1986. He became ordained and received a doctorate degree in the early 1990s.
The Temptations Revue
Glenn Leonard is currently touring with Glenn Leonard’s Temptations Revue, also featuring former Temptations bass singer, Joe Herndon. Other members of this group are Kareem Ali, Andre Jackson and Joe Coleman, and is usually under the musical direction of maestro Ron Hasley. This group has performed throughout the world, including Europe and South America, since approximately 2000.
Glenn also tours extensively with Glenn Leonard Presents Hitsville Live, which is a full Motown Revue featuring both male and female lead singers. He also has joined with friends and fellow lead vocalist Joe Coleman of The Platters and Joe Blunt of The Drifters and created a new group called Leonard, Coleman & Blunt. Glenn was proudly inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame in 2013. He has also released a solo album titled “Glenn Leonard Then & Now” with guest vocalist Jean Carne.
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